Caution Urged as Heavy Rain Wind Approaches

first_imgA weather system tracking towards Nova Scotia will bring heavy rain and high winds starting tonight, Nov. 4, and throughout the weekend. Major storms that bring these conditions could cause localized flooding and possible disruptions in some services that people often take for granted. Nova Scotians are advised to take precautions. “Before any major storm, we all need to think about what steps we can take to make our families as safe and comfortable as possible,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister for Emergency Management. “Take a minute today to check your emergency kit to see if needs to be restocked. We need to be ready for constantly changing weather conditions in Nova Scotia.” Environment Canada is forecasting a weather system that could deliver as much as 150 millimetres of accumulated rain in some areas, spread over a three-day period. Western Nova Scotia is expected to experience the heaviest rainfall. Wind gusts of 70 to 90 kilometres an hour could accompany the rain at times. Temperatures will be moderate. Wind and rainfall warnings have been issued. The Emergency Management Office is asking Nova Scotians to closely monitor forecasts and to use caution. Water build-up on roads, potential flooding in some areas, and higher than usual coastal waters are possible. Clear drains and gutters as much as possible and avoid coastal areas that are known hazards. Motorists are advised to use caution and to adjust speed in heavy rain, where hydroplaning or flooding may occur. All Nova Scotians should have emergency kits stocked and ready to go before severe weather and other emergencies strike. For more information on how to prepare, as well as a list of recommended emergency supplies visit www.gov.ns.ca/emo .last_img